I was listening to Thom Hartmann the other day and he talked about sociopaths briefly. It sort of coincided with something I have thought. We worship sociopaths in our culture. Some of the things required to be successful in business require that one be sociopathic. One can’t care about what the product does to others. One can’t care too much about one’s environmental footprint. One has only to work for the good of oneself or the company.
Further, as you work inside the company and hope to advance, you can’t show emotion. Being emotional can kill a career. That means no tears, no issues, no emotion inside the workplace. While I think that professionalism is important, I have to consider the idea that most people spend forty or more hours a week at the work place. They spend a lot of time with people at work and you can’t talk about anything important? You can’t be emotional there at all? When CAN you be emotional? At what point do we forget the important of emotions.
Emotions are energy. They are meant to move and change. Clamping down on them is just as bad as the sociopath who has no real feeling or can’t access them. Why do we work so hard to be sociopathic? Next time you find yourself thinking you shouldn’t feel a certain way, maybe we can rejoice in the fact that we actually have feelings and aren’t pathological.